“Women’s own perceptions of their bodies are often dismissed.”

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From The Investigative Fund:

The Investigative Fund, a project of The Nation Institute, published a write-up about the CA’s recent Women in Prison Project event (WIPP), “Unshackled: Women Speak Out on Mass Incarceration and Reproductive Justice.”

Hosted last month at the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, the event featured panel discussions with formerly-incarcerated women who bravely shared their stories of giving birth while in prison, and the lasting impact these traumatic experiences had, and continue to have, on them and their families.

“Unshackled”, was a powerful display of strength and resiliency, and a denunciation of the ways in which women are suffering under the criminal justice system — particularly as it relates to   reproductive rights and control over their own bodies. Said WIPP director Tamar Kraft-Stolar, the event was about “identifying the problems and hearing what the solutions are…One of the most important things we can do is be guided by the expertise of the women who have lived this.”

Read the full piece here.